Document ready for close of Year of Faith

From Vatican Radio:

Pope Francis: post-Synodal exhortation ready for Year of Faith’s close (full text)

(Vatican Radio) The post-Synodal Exhortation on the new evangelization will be ready in time for the close of the Year of Faith. This was just one of the things Pope Francis said to the members of the XIII Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops on Thursday. Comprised of 15 Members, 12 of whom are elected from the Synod and 3 of whom are designated by the Roman Pontiff, the Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat is formed at the end of each ordinary general synodal assembly.

Putting aside his prepared remarks, Pope Francis engaged the Council members in a broad-ranging session, during the course of which he touched on a number of themes, including the post-Synodal Exhortation and the much-anticipated Encyclical letter on faith begun by Benedict XVI, the nature of ecclesial collegiality and the synodal structure in the service of the Church’s universal mission and in cooperation with the Petrine ministry, the crisis of the family, care for the created order, and the recovery of a whole and wholesome understanding of human being. About the encyclical, Pope Francis said the draft pages he received from his predecessor are extremely powerful, and that the work “of four hands” is nearly complete. He also told the Council members that he would be working on the post-Synodal Exhortation during the month of August, and that the document will be ready for the closing of the Year of Faith. The Holy Father also discussed the need to recover a sane vision of the family and a healthy anthropology, saying that the crisis of the family is a serious problem that needs to be addressed by the Church’s pastors and teachers acting in concert.
Below, please find Vatican Radio’s English translation of Pope Francis’ prepared remarks.

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8 Responses to Document ready for close of Year of Faith

  1. “… of four hands… “

    Oh, does Francis play piano, too?

  2. The four hands comment has me questioning it too. If he means 4 hands 2 bodies, then we are ok because we know that Emeritus Benedict XVI and Francis are the two bodies. If he means 4 persons, as the expression of “hands” is meant usually, then who are the other two bodies? Will they keep the message of Emeritus Benedict true to the start of the encyclical, or will this evolve into something of Fracnis/the other 2 hands’ nature?

  3. CatholicMD says:

    Pretty sure four hands in this instance is referring to Francis and Benedict.

  4. McCall1981 says:

    I’m very interested in what he said here:
    “The Holy Father also discussed the need to recover a sane vision of the family and a healthy anthropology, saying that the crisis of the family is a serious problem that needs to be addressed by the Church’s pastors and teachers acting in concert.”
    If anyone can find the actual text of what he actually said, please post it :)

  5. VexillaRegis says:

    Julian Barkin: Une piéce á quatre main means a piece (of piano music) for four hands, i e, two persons. One usually works with both hands – on the piano, in the kitchen and writing on one’s computer.

  6. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    Interesting, quite.

  7. jhayes says:

    From Vatican Radio today:

    Mgr. Matthias Turk is in charge of Lutheran-Catholic relations with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. He accompanied Council President, Cardinal Kurt Koch to Geneva on Monday for a joint press conference and earlier he spoke to Philippa Hitchen about the significance of this joint document on commemorating the Reformation together…

    “from our Catholic side, our own conviction is ‘Ecclesia semper reformanda’ – that the life of the Church has to be reformed all the time, in every age, so we have this common intention of reform on both sides….what we could do in this document is to indicate the main themes of the theology of Martin Luther in lifht of our own ecumenical dialogue, showing that many ideas of Martin Luther have been issues for the whole Church and important elements of renovation of the Church…..

    Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/17/lutherans_and_catholics:_from_conflict_to_communion/en1-702348
    of the Vatican Radio website